Growing Pains

Childhood Pain – should I be worried about my child’s pain?

As parents – we can be easily concerned when our children aren’t comfortable, complain of pain or get sick.

It's common for our children to experience pain and discomfort regularly – with most of it being nothing to worry about.

There is a small percentage of childhood pain with certain signs and symptoms that you should be aware of, that’s where we are here to help.

Take a read through our blog on childhood pain to look at common conditions which children are likely to get and what you need to do.

Common Childhood Pain Syndromes

These are the top 3 most common problems that children experience when they are growing and are very active. The ankle, knee and hip are typically affected as they are areas which deal with running, jumping and activity.

These problems will flare up when your child does a lot of activity. If you have a child that does a lot of exercise, plays sport and is active every day, then there is a chance they may develop one or more of these issues.

A sure-fire way for these symptoms to start will be with a sudden change in activity levels. For example – kids sports starting again after lockdown. We have already had several enquiries with children who have had pain develop in recent weeks after restarting their exercise regimes.

Seversis a problem which causes pain into the heel area. Its official name is severs disease, although it is not a disease. Pain is usually experienced with prolonged activity, when it gets worse it can affect simple day to day walking. It can be easily diagnosed with a pinch type of squeeze to either side of the heel.

Osgood Schlatter’sthis knee complaint causes pain on activity and sometimes at rest when worse. The problem is caused by an excess build-up of calcium/bone underneath the patella tendon insertion. When running, jumping and kicking the kneecap tendon rubs over the bone build-up causing pain. The knee will be sore to touch underneath the kneecap and exercise and walking will be difficult.

Hip Apophysitis - this problem is felt on the front of the hip, on the crest of the pelvis – close to where a growth plate is. This is where the hip flexor tendon joins to the pelvis. Pain when lifting the hip and running is common. This problem can be particularly problematic for walking when worse as it can cause a limp.

Growing pain type issues are not limited to these joints. As mentioned earlier – muscles of the legs can experience deep ache and cramp.

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